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Bulls, Cowboys use penalty kicks to advance

Editor's note: The following games did not end in time Wednesday night to be published in Thursday's editions.

By BRANDON WRIGHT

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 7, 2003


Bloomingdale held on when keeper Megan Robey punched away Hannah Gable's shot in the fifth round of penalty kicks.

Bloomingdale, the No. 2 seed, had multiple chances in the first half, but Riverview keeper Monica Sanchez was up to the task, denying Bulls attackers twice in one-on-one opportunities.

Bloomingdale broke through in the 36th minute with a goal by Ashley Quaid for a 1-0 lead. But the Bulls defense faltered in the 50th minute, allowing a crossing pass by Rachel Cornwell from 18 yards to trickle into the left corner.

Neither team scored in the four five-minute overtimes, and it was Avila's penalty kick goal that put the Bulls ahead, setting up Sanchez's game-sealing save.

In the other semifinal, Gaither dominated the first half against Wharton and took a 1-0 lead when Carey Hummel tapped a shot past Wildcats keeper Jessica Wooden.

Wharton, starting six freshmen, didn't get a shot until the 68th minute but made the most of it. Emily Miller dribbled down the left flank and caught Cowboys keeper Kaley Brown out of position, lofting the ball over her head and under the crossbar to tie the score at 1.

After four scoreless overtimes, Louisa Ward slid a shot inside the right post for the winning goal in the fourth round of penalty kicks.

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